By Esoterica Ltd (Dan J. Drescher and James P. Curran). 1982. Game Overview created by BallyAlley.
Video published June 21, 2017.
Super Slope, by Esoterica Ltd. This machine language game was released on tape in 1982.
In an Esoterica advertisement on page G7 of the spring 1983 Source Book, the game is called Ski Slope.
The game's description from that ad says "'They called him SUPER SKIER,
though he never had a lesson.' And now you take up where he left off.
Super Slope is a super skiing program from Esoterica Ltd. No experience
The game's description from the December 1982 Arcadian is very similar.
It says the same thing, but adds this: "Great fun! (In Smooth Action
Machine Language Graphics)"
Michael White notes that the "AstroBASIC" cartridge is only needed to load the Super Slope program; the game will run with the "AstroBASIC" cartridge removed.
Michael Prosise wrote a review of Super Slope in The Game Player #9, which was printed in Arcadian 5, no. 9 (Jul. 22, 1983): 140. Here is the complete review:
It is no longer necessary to go to your neighborhood Video Arcade and
drop a quarter in Atari's ALPINE SKI, for SUPER SLOPE is just as good.
As the one and only skiing game for the Astrocade system, this Esoterica
ski adventure is extremely good and well thought out.
In this one-player game, the player directs his skier downhill, avoiding
pine trees and large rocks by using the joystick to ski left or right
across the slope. A quick tap on the joystick increases the skiers'
direction from straight to slightly angled: another tap increases the
angle further; and another tap will have the skier doing a traverse.
The same holds true for either direction. Squeezing the trigger will
increase the skiers speed. As one who enjoys downhill skiing, I am
impressed at how well Esoterica has simulated the actual movement of a
The graphics in SUPER SLOPE are well done, and the sound of skis on snow
is well simulated. SUPER SLOPE is a good example of what machine
language can do for a game.
There were only a few problems with SUPER SLOPE. The skier often leaves
an arm or leg behind when he skims a tree, and we have not been able to
determine how the scoring is accomplished. The instructions, which
could use some improvement, indicate a score of 50 as not so good but
less than 29 as a victory. However, the screen will show a four digit
number at the end of play, such as 5471. We deliberately crashed our
skier constantly and achieved a score of 2428. What do these numbers
mean? (GAME PLAYER will publish an explanation if it receives one from
The other problem we found is that there is a loud continuous raspy
noise during initial play until the skier hits an object. Then the
noise will disappear. Perhaps this is a problem with our particular
cassette, or it may be a program problem.
Overall, SUPER SLOPE is an excellent game, and will probably be enjoyed
even by non-skiers. Those who played it liked it, and it held their
attention. It's a good game, folks."
Archive Notes: This video was uploaded to YouTube on June 21, 2017 and added to Archive.org in a 1080HD format for archival purposes. Video filmed with Canon Powershot SX60 HS camera.